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VH1 Reality Show Contestant/Murder Suspect Found Dead


Ryan Jenkins, the VH1 reality-show competitor suspected of having murdered his wife in California, was found dead in a hotel in British Columbia and preliminary evidence indicates he committed suicide, Canadian authorities announced Sunday.


Hotel staff found Jenkins' body, Sgt. Duncan Pound of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told reporters Sunday evening. Authorities had been searching for Jenkins -- a Canadian by birth -- in Canada, where they believed he had fled after reporting Fiore missing to Los Angeles cops.

The news of Jenkins' death came two days after VH1 finally threw in the towel on airing the remaining episodes of "Megan Wants a Millionaire" in which Jenkins had been a competitor.

But the Viacom-owned cable network had left open the option of telecasting another reality series, "I Love Money 3" in which Jenkins had also competed.

Jenkins was found hanged in a motel room, according to press reports. His body was discovered by motel staff and he was idenfitied by his fingerprints, according to those reports.

The discovery of Jenkins' body comes little more than a week after the naked body of Jenkins' wife, Jasmine Fiore, was found stuffed into a suitcase which had been thrown into a dumpster in Buena Park, Calif. - home of Knott's Berry Farm and not far from Disneyland.

Her fingers had been cut off in order to foil efforts to identify her; likewise her teeth had been pulled. But authorities were able to identify her body using the serial number on her silicone breast implants.

A preliminary coroner's report indicated Fiore had been strangled.

Buena Park, Calif. cops had announced Thursday they had a warrant for the arrest of Jenkins for the murder of Fiore.

Among the bits of information about Jenkins that had come to light by the time VH1 finally scrapped one - but not both - of the reality series that Jenkins:

He had been arrested in late April and charged with battery constituting domestic violence after allegedly punching Fiore. Jenkins, 32, and Fiore, 28, had married in March; according to some news reports, the marriage had been annulled.

Jenkins, who was known as the Smooth Operator on "Megan Wants a Millionaire," also had a criminal record in his hometown of Calgary Canada, having been sentenced to 15 months probation in 2007 on an unspecified assault charge.

The two deaths once again raise concerns about the slipshod vetting methods used to cast reality-TV series.

Late last week, 51 Minds -- the production company behind "Megan Wants a Millionaire," -- issued the traditional How-Did-This-Happen-When-We-Vet-Our-Guys statement.

The how-did-this-happen has become a recurring character in the ongoing drama about reality show participants who turn out to be of varying shades of skankitude. It was first introduced in 2000, when The Smoking Gun Web site dug up old Los Angeles Superior Court documents revealing that the guy Fox network had just sent "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?" winner Darva Conger off on a cruise with had been accused of roughing up and threatening to kill a girlfriend several years earlier, though he was never charged with a crime.

The 51 Minds' version of the statement went like this:

51 Minds was not aware of Ryan Jenkins' record when it cast him on "Megan Wants a Millionaire." Obviously, if the company had been given a full picture of his background, he would never have been allowed on the show.
The company did have in place what it thought was a thorough vetting process that involved complete background checks by an outside company for all contestants on its shows. Clearly, the process did not work properly in this case.

FYI, 51 Minds is the production company behind many of VH1's so-called "celebreality" hits. And, since last April, reality-TV production behemoth Endemol has had a controlling interest in 51 Minds.

You've probably seen Endemol's work: the company produces NBC's "Deal or No Deal," ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," and CBS' "Big Brother."

Meanwhile, 51 Minds has enriched our lives with "The Surreal Life," which got its start on WB broadcast network in '03, then migrated to VH1.

51 Minds is exclusive to VH1 and has also coughed up "Surreal Life "spinoffs "Strange Love," "My Fair Brady," "The Surreal Life Fame Games," "Flavor of Love," and "I Love New York."

When the connection between Fiore's murder and Jenkins first came to light last Wednesday, VH1 quickly passed the buck to 51 Minds, issuing the following statement:

Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on "Megan Wants a Millionaire" -- an outside production, produced and owned by 51 Minds, that is licensed to VH1.
This show completed production at the end of March. Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings. This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim's family.

Jenkins was just one of the "millionaires" on the series which VH1 had been pitching as follows -- before things got "unfortunate," that is:

Blonde bombshell and "celebreality" vixen, Megan Hauserman is looking for love -- but not with any average Joe. Megan has her eye, mind and heart set on one type of man . . . a millionaire! Unfortunately, Megan's had her heart broken by Bret Michaels in "Rock of Love 2" and lost out on the million dollar check in "I Love Money." But now she's back with vengeance to find both love and money with the goal of becoming the ultimate trophy wife. . . . One by one, Megan will eliminate the guys who can't shell out the dough, until the ultimate millionaire is left.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 23, 2009; 11:33 PM ET
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Comments

Do anyone really care? In light of the horrific economy and retirees and people on Disibility will not be getting a cost of living raise in their Social Security checks. This guy nor this woman wasn't stars and the majority of U.S. citizens don't care about either of them.

Posted by: Dracula1 | August 24, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

This man was really one who had severe anger management problems and probably a mysogenist too. He saved all of us from both sides of the border a lot of money and procedural headaches.

Posted by: npsilver | August 24, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance. Too bad he didn't off himself BEFORE he killed and mutilated Jasmine Fiori.

Posted by: chunche | August 24, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

What in the hell does Knotts Berry Farm or Disneyland have to do with this story?

Posted by: frings2006 | August 24, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

another stupid item about a criminal scum.this time he flees to canada,similar to the traitors during the vietnam bs. dont send his body bag back here EH?

Posted by: pofinpa | August 24, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

The mentioning of Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm is a narrative device which contrasts the horrific with the bucolic.

Posted by: JellyBean3 | August 24, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Fiore found naked and strangled. Jenkins later sighted in Canada with tall, attractive woman driving a PT Cruiser. Jenkins found hung. Sounds like maybe an addiction to autoerotic asphyxiation took its toll.

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | August 24, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

It's painfully obvious to connect his immediate gratification lifestyle to the disturbing end.

Posted by: gconrads | August 24, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

We really need to close that northern border to keep the criminals out.

Posted by: howie14 | August 24, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

It's the coward's way out. He was obviously guilty. Maybe Conrad Murray should do the same thing

Posted by: janicebyrne01 | August 24, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry for the victim's family, but I'm really beyond sick of these grade Z celeb wannabes. I couldn't care less about Megan wanting a millionaire.

Posted by: kthoover | August 24, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

People have to have slid pretty far down the food chain to want to be on a TV reality show, where contestants are abused and belittled.

Insofar as this guy getting on the show, the only vetting that was probably done was can you walk, can you talk, can you hear me, can you see me? If so you passed.

TV dirtbags.

Posted by: jfregus | August 24, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Identified by breast implants. Wow.

Posted by: fbutler1 | August 24, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Howie14,

Yes we do need to close that 'northern border' and keep the criminals from crossing into Canada from the US...what a dumb statement!

Sad, sad story...hope they catch the woman from Alberta that helped him get to Hope...

Posted by: des_sg | August 24, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

First, RIP Megan Hauserman. I wasn't a fan of hers and I didn't watch any of her reality TV shows. I can't stand reality TV. There's an issue that needs to be addressed, but because of money it won't.
All the major TV Networks need to scale back on these idiotic reality shows.

I understand the TV Networks want to save money and produce the shows for cheap. They say: "Hey we don't have to pay any actors." Yeah I get that; problem is the shows they produce are pure crap. Another problem is anyone can get on TV now. That means the chance of unstable individuals showing up on your TV is pretty high. I've never seen such laziness from the TV Execs. They've run out of ideas for TV shows, so they figure having a "NEW" reality show will do well in the ratings.

Can you imagine this happening in the 80's? No Cosby Show, no Family Ties, no Fact's of Life etc. You get my point. No new actors are getting a chance to practice their craft. Those new actors could be huge TV stars, but the TV Networks are to lazy too attempt at creating new stars.

Ryan Jenkins should be a reality check for the reality TV lovers. Trust me he won't be the last reality TV show contestant to end up murdering someone. They want the camera's rolling at all times, to catch all the silliness people do on a daily basis. To bad for Megan when the cameras weren't rolling, a lunatic showed his true reality.

Posted by: trueredskinsfan | August 24, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, there goes 10-11 p.m. weeknights. Any fresh ideas, gang?

Posted by: TheProFromDover | August 24, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone surprised that with the Networks over reliance on 'reality shows' that one day reality was going to bite back. What I'm surprised is that it hasn't happened sooner. Of course since it is a minor show the Networks will continue to fund these ticking time bombs until someone goes balistic on Idol. But mark my words that day is coming!

Posted by: dre7861 | August 24, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Yes, some folks do care. Caring about a woman slain like she was has nothing to do with where she or he was a star or well-know celebrity. She was a human being. I hope he went straight to hell. He was a murderous punk and folks should know he was out there running from the law and I'm glad to hear he gave up because there was no way the punk could defend himself from his crimes. RIP Ms. Fiore. I hope her family has strength to handle this horrible end to her life. God bless.

Posted by: shejoy | August 24, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for the lady.

How desperate she must have become.

Hey folks, there's nothing wrong with having an ordinary day job.

Posted by: Heerman532 | August 24, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

What happened with the production companies Background Check, How could they initially let this person on their show without a background check? I am an employee for Integrascan a criminal background check provider and run Background checks for may Hollywood Production Companies, This guy should have never been allowed on location with the Criminal Background he has.

The importance of Background checks is measured in this story and it is a shame that more diligence is not projected.

Terry Sweet
Integrascan

Posted by: Integrascan | August 24, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Talk about poor planning! This mental midget could have spared everyone grief by committing suicide first.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | August 24, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

It's very sad and tragic that this young woman was killed; my heart goes out to her family. While I don't like to speak ill of the dead, the sad reality here is that Ms. Fiori's greed led her to "Megan Wants a Millionaire" and a maladjusted, sadistic, degenerate loser whose only hope of getting a woman was by flashing his money.

Posted by: Tootsumi | August 24, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Americans love "reality-shows" that are far from reality with edgy "beautiful people" and few brain cells.

These shows suck and are sad testimony to the fact that many Americans do not have a life of their own.

"Serial number on her breast implants" - a new one for CSI.

Posted by: coloradodog | August 24, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

disturbing.

Posted by: Rhome Anderson | August 26, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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